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If Barns Could Talk

Event Details

January 12, 2017 5:30 PM — January 12, 2017 6:30 PM
Location: The Sawmill Museum
2231 Grant St
Clinton, IA 52732
Email: humanities-iowa@uiowa.edu
Website: https://www.humanitiesiowa.org/rich-tyler

Event Description

Old barns are more than just solid functional buildings. They represent the soul of our farming heritage, and perhaps more! What is a barn, architecturally and emotionally? Barn design was based on experience, needs and ambition. Their function indicated both the farm operation and the farmer’s personal touch. Barn construction was a community affair comprised of hard work, huge meals, and a barn dance. Few of us today have the products of our labor on display for all to see, appreciate and criticize. But what’s happening to our old barns? Will metal replace wood? Can we smell and touch the metal in the same fashion? What does our interest in barns tell us about ourselves? Why should we care about old barns today? These and other questions will be discussed as the history and current importance of barns are explored.